Brown: Cope with THE bullies

Ripon City in action
Ripon City in action

Ripon City boss Charlie Brown is demanding discipline from his players when bullyboys Whitkirk Wanderers arrive at Mallorie Park on Saturday.

Six Wanderers players have been shown red this season and two visiting players have also been banned for picking up more than five yellow cards.

The Leeds side had one man sent off in the reverse fixture in November, when City thrashed the struggling hosts 5-0.

Tom Leeming scored twice in that match, but the forward will miss Saturday’s clash through suspension.

Brown has a full squad available for the clash other than long term absentees James Charlesworth and Simon English.

And he urged for strong refereeing to allow the match to flow in his side’s favour.

Brown said: “It’s always a feisty affair against them. We need strong officials that are going to be on the ball.

“It’s not the game of football they want to play. We know what to expect and we will have to deal with that.

“They are struggling and on a bad string of results. It would be a major disappointment not to get the three points.”

The gaffer hopes Saturday’s match will help his struggling strikeforce find their way back to goals, after another frustrating afternoon on Saturday.

City were crushed 3-0 by Leeds City in the West Riding County Challenge Cup fourth round, but Brown was encouraged by his side’s outing despite their exit.

“Performance-wise, I couldn’t fault it,” he added.

“We bossed the first half completely and went in 2-0 down.

“The lads hit the bar and the post on three or four occasions but couldn’t find the goal to get us in front.

“The score certainly didn’t reflect the game. We just needed the break through and we never got it.”

New goalkeeper Josh Avery, who also plays for Harrogate Town’s U-21s, made an error for Leeds’ third, but Brown said the recruit had settled well at Mallorie Park.

Avery has replaced retired shot-stopper Alistair Hogg, who has recovered from his head injury sustained prior to Christmas.

Brown added: “He’s done ever so well since coming in.

“Harrogate rate him highly and they are happy for us to give him a decent level of football.

“He’s not the biggest lad, but he’s got a great pair of hands.”